The holiday season can be a joyous time, and for a lot of us, it can also be a stressful time. Here are some suggestions for how to let the joy speak more than the stress.
When we compare ourselves to others it can be to our detriment. These comparisons might be in relation to careers, physical appearances, possessions, stress, pain levels, and more. During the holidays this pattern can be amplified. Sometimes tough financial times or living on a strict budget make us wish there wasn't a holiday. We become embarrassed that we can't afford expensive gifts for our loved ones while others can. Other times our energy is simply low during this time of year whether it is from dis-ease in our bodies, the emotional stress of the season, or the negative story we tell ourselves. Instead of a loving, giving atmosphere, the holiday spirit changes into to a stressful and anxious cloud.
Here's a look through the spiritual lens of the season. Hanukkah means dedication, and is a holiday about the miracle of light and religious freedom. Winter Solstice celebrates the return of the sun, and more light in the days ahead. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, a celebration of unconditional love. Kwanzaa pays tribute to the qualities of unity, self determination, purpose, creativity, collective work, responsibility, and faith. It's no coincidence that in the middle of the darkest days of winter, we celebrate the light of the human spirit. It's a time of year not only to show compassion to others, but also to yourself. We can celebrate the light within us, the gift of our human potential and manifest the Blessings of that celebration. As you learn to acknowledge the light within you, you will recognize it more clearly in others.
Take a moment to consider how you will consciously create a compassionate connection within you this holiday season. No matter what your beliefs or where you are in your life's journey, dedicate a temple within you, bring alive a miracle of inner freedom, envision more light in the days ahead, give birth to unconditional compassionate love within you, and be responsible, self determined, purposeful, creative, and united. Work collectively and evoke faith in all your beautiful dreams.
This holiday season awake the "light" within you, and celebrate the miracle of your life. Blessings of joy and peace to you always.